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Posted: 22/03/2014 at 18:26

Lovely here, apart from a short hailstorm.  Done lots more weeding and tidying and discovering new shoots.  Decided to leave operation GH move til next weekend - seemed silly to have things exposed for the night when frost is forecast.  But hope we can do it next weekend - i have lots of dahlia tubers to get in pots, and don't want to do it til GH is settled.

Had a result on some bareroot heleniums i ordered - meant to be three, and there were only two in the pack.  They sent me a replacement - but sent another 3pack - which this time had 4 plants in.  So now i have 6.  Maybe their packers can't count. They are Sahins early - never grown that sort before, but my others flower non stop all summer

Sorry others have been dodging showers - but glad barge trip was good.  Just watched the CK clip - great stuff, David K


Posted: 21/03/2014 at 08:45
Vacuums definitely a no-no ! Glad you are feeling better after your tumble. Stacey - pleased to hear about your thalictrum shoot - will have a furtle for mine tomorrow.
On a train to Londinium - busy day ahead, so not quite ready to start looking forward to the w/end yet ...... Will check in on my way home, when hopefully my gardening mojo will have returned


Posted: 20/03/2014 at 06:55

Morning Andy - seems like winter is about to return here too.  What sort of things were in your bulb order?

some of my seedlings are starting to develop their true leaves - dahlias in particular are romping away

New perrenials... Should i protect?

Posted: 19/03/2014 at 22:59

I usually pot all my new perennials up and keep them out of the cold at this time of year - can you peg fleece over them?  All your new plants are hardy varieties, but it depends what conditions they have been growing in recently - they might well have been mollycoddled, in which case a frost will be a shock

Another request for climbing rose selection advice....

Posted: 19/03/2014 at 22:22

Hi Briony - don't know of any evergreen roses, but i have had New Dawn and Little White Pet grow well on north facing walls. Both have some scent, but not very strong.


Posted: 19/03/2014 at 22:11

Thank you so much for all your pictures Marion - i love following this thread

Keep seeing pretty trees with yellow flowers on my journey to work - thanks to your photo i now know what they are - a willow with "pussy willow" catkins that have exploded


Posted: 19/03/2014 at 19:59

Oh KEF - big hugs and positive vibes


Posted: 19/03/2014 at 19:33

Thanks for that - it looks like my Black Adders have made it through the winter, and most of my cuttings took too, so i might be adding some this year.  If it does well here, i add more

Gorgeous sunny day.. what did you all get up to?

Posted: 19/03/2014 at 19:27

Clari - i "hide" in my GH - i work on the principle that if i pretend i can't see people, then they can't see me either.  Bit like a 3 year old playing hide and seek


Posted: 19/03/2014 at 19:23

Great news on the planning Fairy - now bring on the builders.  Lovely daff Stacey - definitely worth marking for later.

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